For Reservations Call The Maine Saltwater Fishing Hotline 207-691-0745

For Reservations Call The Maine Saltwater Fishing Hotline 207-691-0745
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Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports Blog

Welcome to the Fish Blog & saltwater fishing reports page of Super Fly Charters & Capt. George Harris. We're looking forward to providing you with the most up to date coastwide inshore saltwater fishing reports on the Maine coast as well as offshore Bluefin Tuna fishing reports as the Maine Striper & "football" Bluefin Tuna Fishing season goes forward into 2014!!! You wont find any generic"cut & paste" reports or info here...Just pure fishing!!!

Super Fly Charters provides friendly, professional guided fly & light tackle fishing trips.
We operate our fishing charters in the Mid-Coast region of Maine, from Casco Bay to Penobscot Bay. This area features an astonishing 1000 miles of jagged, pristine coastline. We focus our efforts on the broad reach of the lower Kennebec river estuary & the outer boundaries of Casco Bay...with its countless thousands of acres of untouched saltwater flats, gnarly tides that rip over rocky structure and an intricate maze of backcountry channels, It's a fly & light tackle fishermans nirvana. On any given day we can be found fishing coastal tide marshes, shallow flats, sandy beaches and islands or ledges located offshore. Wherever the fish are!!! Whether it's on the fly...pitching plugs or live lining frisky live baits we've got you covered check out our website for all of our trip offerings...and stay tuned for some new trips options for 2014

Welcome to Maine's #1 Striper Fishing Blog with Capt. George Harris Call 207-691-0745

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Maine Saltwater Fishing Report: Costa Rica Bound!!!


Drooling over the pages of your most recent saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine??? Dreading the next four fishless months??? We think we've found the Ultimate cure for cabin fever!!!
This coming March, Super Fly Charters will be traveling with a group of anglers to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Sailfish will be the primary target but Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado will all hopefully be joining us on our offshore trips. Inshore we'll pursue Roosterfish, Snook, Bluefin Trevally and a myriad of other saltwater species!!! We may even venture east to the caribbean side to take some shots at the mammoth Tarpon that gather around the Rio Parismina and Rio Colorado regions.

On the Pacific coast there are also good opportunities to wet wade and fish the more tropical rivers for Snook, Drum, Machaca and Guapote using Fly & light tackle.

Offshore Pacific fly fishing has been very good along the Central and Northern coast, with lots of success on Sailfish, Marlin, Giant Tuna and Dorado. Inshore Coastal Pacific fly fishing is also giving up good results for Black Snook, Roosterfish and Snappers. Coastal fishing is consistently good off Golfito and the Osa Peninsula in the South and off the rocky points or river mouths in the North. Special inshore fishing trips to the northern Pacific near the Santa Rosa National Park are ideal for fishing Roosterfish and Pacific Snook. This is mainly a tidal fishery and so will depend upon the ideal tides and water conditions. Fishing the river mouths flowing into the Pacific is also very productive at present. These are mainly custom trips and are a lot of fun and a great eco-adventure. The fishing off Garza and Nosara has been very good, especially the Inshore Fishing. Photo submitted by: Capt. Paul Rogato of Ocean Lures

Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations within Central America today. If not for its beautiful atmosphere, scenery and wildlife it is because of the fly fishing adventure excursions that are catching the attention of anglers everywhere. There are dozens of lodges throughout Costa Rica that have been created to cater to those who love to fish and are interested in catching a number of different game fish throughout their stay. Photo submitted by: Capt. Paul Rogato of Ocean Lures

Some of the fly fishing lodges within Costa Rica you will want to consider include:

• Crocodile Bay Lodge
• Silver King Lodge
• Golfito Sailfish Rancho

When you book a stay with a fishing lodge throughout the country you will be provided with guided charters, English speaking tours, fishing tackle and gear rentals as well as all-day trips on the water so you will never go out without catching something spectacular.

Fly fishing and charter fishing tours are becoming extremely popular in Costa Rica today which means making your reservations ahead of time is a must. Tourists are not the only ones who enjoy fishing in this tropical paradise, many locals take advantage of these fishing lodges as well!!!


Maine Striper Flats Fishing Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Report: Merry Christmas !!!



We at Super Fly Charters would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year....filled with many bragging sized fish!!!

Maine Striped Bass Fishing Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Maine Shallow Water Striper Fishing With Capt. George Harris, Fishing The Flats Of Midcoast Maine!!!


So now that you've gotten all the right equipment...Fancy fast drying microfiber SPF-50 ExOfficio clothing...a quiver of super fast action SAGE/G.LOOMIS/SCOTT Branded, fly rods complete with requisite shiny large arbor "designer" fly reels lined with the latest, greatest, slickest floating and intermediate fly lines... The many hours of casting practice have paid off big time...that nasty tailing loop is almost gone and you've gotten your casting to the point that you can throw a weighted crab fly 80 feet into a stiff breeze and drop it with pinpoint accuracy into a shot glass. Your fly boxes are filled with crustacean, worm and micro bait fish patterns that look so real that you're afraid to reach in and grab one for fear it might start gnawing on your thumb...Are we talking about Tarpon, Permit or Bonefishing in an exotict tropic location??? Not even close!!! We're off the coast of Maine and we'd like to welcome you to the world of shallow water Striper fishing!!!
(A healthy Striper released on one of Maine's many sand flats)The Coast of Maine, is comprised of thousands of acres of sand, mud & eelgrass flats , all of which are subject to a huge 8 to 10 foot tidal range leaving many of the flats bare or nearly bare at low water. As the tide begins to flood these flats with cool water, the plentiful bait fish, marine worms & crustaceans begin to feed in the nutrient rich waters. Hungry Stripers know this and often feed aggressively, swirling and slashing, their silvery bodies glinting like mirrors as they forage in gin clear shallow water of the flats. When the conditions are right Striped Bass make perfect sight casting targets for fly & light tackle anglers. When sight casting to Striped Bass around the numerous Mussel bars that fringe many of our shallow flats, we frequently encounter Stripers that are "Tailed Up"...yes Stripers do "tail", like an Abaco Bone or Redfish of Florida's famed Indian River Lagoon, Striped Bass often feed by grubbing around on the mud & eelgrass flats for crabs, shrimp and worms, leaving their tails wagging like flags in the breeze. A well presented fly presented just upcurrent of the "tailing" Striper...slowy crawled along the bottom will usually yield a strike. "Muds"(silty clouds in the clear water)are often left by the grubbing stripers and are a dead giveaway that Striped Bass are present and on the feed...most times however, we have challenging task of sighting and casting to "laid up" or slow cruising fish.
Maine's shallow water habitat is comprised of surf, sand flats, fast water channels, bays, coves, rips and marsh. All easily accessible and fished with a fly rod!!!

Call us if you'd like to join us for a day or two this coming season.

Maine Flats Fishing Striper Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Maine Saltwater Fishing Report

Are you ready for some winter fun? Why not visit the Camden Snow Bowl Feb. 6-8 and join what has become a winter tradition in midcoast Maine.

February 6-8, 2009
Registration opens OCTOBER 15, 2008

2009 US National Toboggan Championship Schedule

Friday, February 6th12-7pm Check-in & Toboggan Inspections at the Camden Snow Bowl Lodge
1-4pm Practice runs for pre-registered teams (conditions permitting)
10-8pm Snow Bowl open for skiing & snowboarding

Saturday, February 7th7am-12pm Check-in & Toboggan Inspections at Info booth near Chute
9am-4pm Snow Bowl open for skiing, snowboarding & tubing. Free shuttle bus ($5 on-site parking fee) Souvenirs at Chute Shop
8am-11am Qualifying Runs for 2 & 3 Person Teams (1st & 2nd Runs)
11am-2pm Chili & Chowder Challenge (on-site)
12pm-4pm Qualifying Runs for 4 Person Teams (1st Run)

Sunday, February 8th9am Qualifying Runs for 4 Person Teams (2nd Run)
9am-4pm Snow Bowl open for skiing, snowboarding & tubing. Free shuttle bus ($5 on-site parking fee) Souvenirs at Chute Shop
TBA National Finals:
Top 30 of 2 person teams
Top 30 of 3 person teams
Top 75 of 4 person Teams
3pm Awards Ceremonies & Drawings

All times are approximate

AWARDS:
First-Second-Third places in each division

Special Awards:
Best costume, oldest team, fastest team, fastest women's team, fastest children's team, fastest high school team, fastest college team

TIPS & HINTS FOR FIRST TIME COMPETITORS:
~ Wear old clothes
~ Be sure costume is not too bulky
~ Consider wearing goggles and/or helmet
~ Keep face covered

~ Plan to stay all day, there's lots to do and see and food for sale at the lodge and at the Toboggan Chute

During the race, if you need any help or information, go to the Chute Shop located near the Toboggan Chute

Carpooling recommended

Volunteers sought. Call the Snow Bowl 236-3438 or stop by the Chute Shop to volunteer any time during the weekend.

Maine Flats Fishing Striper Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Report

(31" Striper caught on a shallow midcoast Maine flat, minus the fancy pastels!!! read more)
You've gotten all the right equipment...The fancy pastel colored, SPF-50, Ex Officio clothing...a quiver of the newest, lightest, super fast action SAGE, G.LOOMIS, SCOTT Branded fly rods complete with the requisite shiny gold anodized, machined aluminum, carbon fiber/cork drag, large arbor "designer" fly reels lined with the latest, greatest, slickest floating and intermediate fly lines (wow..nice descriptive)... The many hours of casting practice have paid off big time...that nasty tailing loop is almost gone and you've gotten your casting to the point that you can effortlessly throw a weighted crab fly 80 feet into a stiff breeze and drop it with pinpoint accuracy into a shot glass...(okay...maybe a garbage can) Your fly boxes are overflowing with painstakingly tied crustacean, worm hatch and baitfish creations that look so real that you're afraid to reach in and grab one for fear it might start gnawing on your thumb...Are we talking about Tarpon, Permit or Bonefishing in an exotic remote tropic location??? Hah...Not even close!!! We're off the coast of Maine and we'd like to welcome you to the world of shallow water Striper fishing!!!

(this nice fat bellied 32" fish was caught in a mere 18" of water)
While our livebaiting & "Butterfly Jigging" trips were very exciting and productive when fishing over deep water ledges...the shallow water Striper fishery presented us with many unique challenges last season. Despite the often difficult fly fishing conditions we faced last year...Overall I would say it was a success with more trophy sized fish being landed than in previous years. The knowledge that I gained from widening the search for fish will hopefully prove to be invaluable for many years to come. We quickly learned what was not working and made the proper adjustments. Our approach to skinny water Striper fishing changed in 2007 and 2008...with far more emphasis placed on sight casting to tailing, waking and laid-up large solitary fish as opposed to chasing the huge blow-ups of schoolie Stripers...Fast sinking lines were replaced by floating and intermediate lines...short 4-6 foot sections of 20# flouro leader were replaced with long tapered leaders more common to steelhead or bonefishing. Big Bulky flies were replaced by smaller sparsely tied shrimp, crab and baitfish offerings. Being able to stalk 15 to 20 lb Fish on the flats...make the cast and lead the fish into explosive visual strikes was fascinating and very exciting. Chasing birds around was mostly an exercise in futility which usually resulted in every nearby fish being spooked into the next county...Many times we'd intentionally ground the "Super Fly" on certain un-named shallow mussel bars(a flooding tide of course) and wait for big cruising Stripers to push onto the flats and into our casting range.
(A healthy Striper released on one of Maine's many sand flats)When the conditions are right Striped Bass make perfect sight casting targets for fly & light tackle anglers. When sight casting to Striped Bass around the numerous Mussel bars and eel grass beds that fringe many of our shallow flats, we frequently encounter Stripers that are "Tailed Up"...yes Stripers do "tail", like an Abaco Bone or Redfish of Florida's famed Indian River Lagoon, Striped Bass often feed by grubbing around on the mud & eel grass flats for crabs, shrimp and worms, leaving their tails wagging like flags in the breeze. A well presented fly presented just up current of the "tailing" Striper...slowy crawled along the bottom will usually yield a strike. "Mud's"(silty clouds in the clear water)are often left by the grubbing stripers and are a dead giveaway that Striped Bass are present and on the feed...most times however, we have challenging task of sighting and casting to "laid up" or slow cruising fish....to the average angler sighting fish on the flats can be a bit daunting, but to a good guide...that Striper might as well be brushed with neon paint. The ideal scenario is to cast up current of your target so that your fly swims down current to the holding fish, hopefully resulting in a strike!!!
Maine's shallow water habitat is comprised of surf, sand flats, fast water channels, bays, coves, rips and marsh. All easily accessible and fished with a fly rod!!!

Call us if you'd like to join us for a day or two this coming season. We'll be happy help you plan your Maine vacation!!! Depending on which region of the Maine coast you're staying on...we can provide you with info on all the top fishing guides. If fly fishing isn't your thing...no worries we're well equipped for light tackle & live bait fishing too!!!

Maine Flats Fishing Striper Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Reports

Jeff's Marine, a full line Parker Boats & Yamaha outboards dealer, nestled on the banks of the St. George River in Thomaston, ME.













Well....
The "Super Fly" is finally decommissioned for the year...winterized & covered. I just picked her up from Jeff's Marine in Thomaston. The expert crew at Jeff's completed all the annual maintenance that helps keep me on the water 140+ days each season. Anything worn or leaking gets replaced...fuel filters...fuel pumps...water pumps...you name it...It all gets replaced...The result of this extensive maintenance program insures that we have very little if any down time during the season.

I'm already looking forward to springtime...Too bad it's going to be a long cold winter!!!

Reservations are starting to come in for the 2009 Maine Striper fishing season...The new tide calendars are out so contact us soon to reserve your favorite tide. Don't forget to Ask about our gift certificates...maybe drop a hint to a loved one!!!

Here's an important message from Brad Burns Stripers Forever:

Dear Striped Bass Fisherman,
Our favorite fish is under more pressure than ever, and Stripers Forever, a free membership, internet-based organization, is fighting to end commercial fishing for wild striped bass and to manage the resource for personal use/recreational fishing. We need as many members as possible to show the politicians how many people depend on striped bass for recreation, food, and income.
If you haven't signed up yet as a member of Stripers Forever, here are a few things you should know:
Membership is free – no dues. There are no meetings to attend. Everything is done via the internet and e-mail
Many of the top fishermen in the country support Stripers Forever
Stripers Forever’s only goal is to make striped bass a game fish, which means it would be managed for the benefit of the recreational fishing public, now and for future generations.
Here is all that you have to do to join - it will take less than a minute and costs nothing:
Go to Stripers Forever
Select “Become A Member” from the top of the page.
Fill in the easy to follow sign-up sheet and submit.
This is a critical time for striped bass. We are preparing for the introduction of our Massachusetts bill to make striped bass a game fish in the upcoming legislative session. We will need every member's help to make this a reality. Help Stripers Forever successfully advocate to protect the wild striper by “Making It A Gamefish.”
Brad Burns, President of Stripers Forever

Maine Saltwater Fishing Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Report: SF Striped Bass Catch & Release Video!!!


Check out this great video that focuses on the importance of catch & release fishing for Striped Bass...Catch and release fishing is vital to the future of recreational saltwater angling. The state of our natural resources and the increase in the human population dictates that we can no longer keep every striped bass that we catch, and in many cases anglers will need to release several undersized fish before finding one large enough to keep. We feel that this is an important message to share not only with our members but with the striped bass fishing community as a whole.

We are always looking for new ways to spread the word about the Stripers Forever cause.
To that end, I would like to share with you a video made for Stripers Forever by one of our members. The video, produced by Jason Puris
of The Fin, shows the proper techniques to release a striped bass.
The state of our natural resources, along with current bag limits, dictates that we can't keep every striped bass we catch. Knowing the correct way to practice catch and release fishing is vital to the future of recreational saltwater angling. We think that this is an important message to share not only with our members but with the striped bass fishing community as a whole.
The video is currently available for viewing on The Fin You can see it by visiting this link
Thanks to Jason the video will also be available on the Stripers Forever website later this month.
It’s a great video with some fabulous action shots off Montauk this last fall, so enjoy it, and please help spread the word about proper catch and release techniques. ~Brad Burns, Stripers Forever

Maine Saltwater Fly fishing Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cape Cod Striper Fishing: South Beach

Chatham's South Beach off the "elbow" of Cape Cod...a surf fly fishermans paradise!!!






Below lies the Famed "Chatham Bars" looking north to Nauset and Pleasant Bay










When the conditions are right, we'll slip into our waders,...grab an 8-10 wt rod or maybe even a two handed rod if the wind is really up.... a box of flies with patterns ranging from sandeels to crab flies to heavily weighted squid...and hit the beach...Schoolie Bass are the norm but we often find Huge Bass cruising just outside the surf line....I like windward stretches of beach...with bait being blown in tight the Stripers usually become lit up and feed aggressively...although casting into a stiff breeze is not the easiest...it's often the most productive!!! This habitat is comprised of surf, sand flats, fast water channels, bays, coves, rips and marsh. All easily accessible and fished with a fly rod.
Monomoy hangs from the elbow of Cape Cod from the quaint town of Chatham, Massachusetts marking the parting line of the Atlantic Ocean's bluewater rips and Nantucket Sound's shoal-warmed water. Here a diversity of coastal and oceanic conditions are forced together in an unlikely union and the fish find it a uniquely wonderful place to hang out and feed.


*New for the 2009 Season...In addition to our Maine fishing we'll be offering spring & fall Striper fishing trips on Cape Cod, MA... We'll fish Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod Bay and the entire outer cape area from Chatham to Provincetown...Stay tuned and book early, We'll only be offering a limited number of these trips.

Call us today to set up a time

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Report, Fish Story of the Week


Fish Story of the week:

Ride of Your Life—Marlin Tows Kayaker Out to Sea!!!

During shooting for a segment of The Heliconia Press' new kayak fishing film—Kayak Fishing: Game On—a group of three kayak anglers hooked up with world-renowned big game kayak angler and star of the film Jim Sammons on the East Cape of Baja, Mexico to hunt the greatest game fish in the world—the marlin.

As the first kayak angler to ever land a marlin from a kayak, Sammons led Alaskan Howard McKim, Canadian Ken Whiting and Californian Matt Moyer on the hunt for these massive billfish. Sammons experience paid off after only a couple of hours on the water when Howard McKim’s reel started screaming as he hooked up with a 300-pound blue marlin.

“When I first hooked up, I knew I had a nice fish,” explained McKim, “but I think my jaw actually hit my knees when I saw the blue erupt from the water in front of my kayak like a missile shot from below.”

The arm-wrenching five-hour battle saw McKim towed 11 miles into the Sea of Cortez. The relentless pulling was broken up only by moments of high anxiety as the marlin charged to the surface and exploded out of the water in a series of dynamic jumps.

As the hours wore on, the winds began to pick up and the seas started to get rough. The team’s support crew continued to follow McKim to help him land the fish safely, but time was running out. Pressuring the fish more than he wanted to with the 20-pound-test line that he was on, McKim fought the marlin to the surface only a boat length away from his kayak. With the fight reaching its end, the marlin made one last run and broke the line.

“After fighting that fish for five hours in the 95-degree weather, part of me was devastated to see the line break,” said an exhausted Howard later that night, “but in the end, it was an experience of a lifetime and I have absolutely no regrets.”

Watch the short but amazing video clip of the action!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Maine Tuna Fishing Report TUNA MANIA 4!!!

For all you "football" Tuna Junkies out there!!! You're not gonna want to miss "Tuna Mania 4"
Jan. 31, 2009
Red Hook Brewery, Portsmouth,NH. Check-In 9:45am – 10:00am

Come listen to First light Anglers Capt. Derek Spingler & Nat Moody program on their 2008 Tuna season. Not to be missed are Molly Lutcavage tagging films, and update info on her Tag-A-Tiny-Tuna program. Also coming along from the Large Pelagics Research Center will be her two PhD candidates Walt Golet, and John Logan speaking on their part of this program. Chris Schoppmeyer will be back with any updates to the Rules, and Regulations, and available all day to answer any questions you may have.

We plan on having more tables with Displays of interest to you. More on this as these come available. Shimano will be back, Ocean Lures donated to Auction. A lot more coming in before Tuna Mania 4.

Price $40.00 pre-pay-reservation is required. Seating Limited. This is a sell out every year.

Call 603-731-2669 to reserve your spot. Lunch is included in this price!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Monday, December 1, 2008

Maine Striper Fishing Report: Orvis Ultimate Fly Fishing the Surf Outfit Auction

Stripers Forever Silent Auction for the benefit of Stripers Forever’s Game Fish Initiatives

Many of the best known companies in the outdoor world embrace the concept of designating striped bass as game fish as a way of protecting a quality public fishery. Standing tall in the front ranks is the Orvis Company of Manchester, Vermont. Over the years, Orvis has given generously to many conservation-minded organizations, and their generosity has allowed us to offer another exciting auction opportunity to our members. These auctions provide us with the funds needed to carry on our efforts to reach our game fish goal.
This past Spring we offered a "fly fishing the surf" outfit, a combination of the finest gear from Orvis that is simply the best you can buy anywhere. The auction was so popular we've brought it back just in time for Christmas. Follow this link to the "Stripers Forever" website, then click open the attached Word document, and read all about this exciting offering. We look forward to receiving your bid. Complete bidding instructions are included in the Word document bid sheet attachment.

Whether you are a pilgrim to saltwater fly fishing or an old salt whose equipment needs a face lift,Orvis Ultimate Fly-fishing the Surf Outfit gets the job done. Start with a superb new 8, 9, or 10-weight Helios rod – voted the best of the best for 2008 by Field and Stream – and a Vortex high-end, big-game reel. Add Spectra backing, a Generation III Striper Wonderline, and a stripping basket to keep it out of the surf. Then cover yourself in functional style with a Tailwaters XT wading jacket, an all new neoprene edged Windproof Fleece Jacket , Pro Guide 3 Waders , and Easy-on Battenkill Brogues wading shoes. This outfit is simply the best. Check out these auction items at Orvis

The Ultimate Fly-fishing the Surf Outfit donated by Orvis of Manchester, VT

If you are not yet a member of "Stripers Forever", join now! It's free, and you’ll receive much more information via e-mail on how to help make striped bass a gamefish.

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Super Fly Charters !!!




We at Super Fly Charters would like to wish all of our family & friends a happy, safe & enjoyable Thanksgiving day...If you're one of the many that are headed out into the woods or are planning to spend some time on the water this morning...Please be safe!!!

Best to all, Capt. George Harris

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The ultimate Maine Striper fly fishing set-up

For the discriminating fly angler looking to fly fish the salt with the finest equipment available...check out these fine products...Sage "Xi2", Tibor "Riptide", Airflo "Cold Saltwater Ridge line"





No matter which saltwater challenges you face-from bonefish to billfish- Sage Xi2 Series rods let you concentrate on the fish instead of your casting. Built with our innovative Generation 5 (G5) Technology, Xi2 rods feel lighter and livelier than other saltwater rods. The Modulus Positioning System (MPS) that we developed for these rods provides a startling level of "line feel" throughout the casting stroke. This enhanced ability to feel the rod load allows you to apply power more efficiently.

The Tibor series of reels were first introduced in 1995 and have established themselves as the benchmark for custom-crafted fly reels. After years of development and input from the likes of Lefty Kreh and Flip Pallot, Ted was finally satisfied with a reel that truly has set a new standard in fly fishing reel technology.
The spool's large arbor design significantly enhances the rate of line retrieval which is critical when you're trying to control speedsters like bonefish, bonito, or wahoo.
As with all of Ted's reels, the drag system is absolutely flawless and has withstood the test of the world's most demanding game fish, including 250 World Records, so far. If you were to own only one fly reel, this is the one to have.

Fly fishers who brave the cold salt tend to expect more from their lines than other breeds of fishing folk. The elements are more extreme and require maximum performance flylines. Airflo has always held favor with this crowd; our super tough, low-memory polymer coatings withstand the severe conditions in order to keep you fishing and not fighting tangles. Airflo's newest cold saltwater lines include the Power Core technology, giving our most hardcore fishing crowd a zero-memory solution for their fishing needs. New for 2008, we've added the popular ridge technology to the Floating and Intermediate Cold Saltwater setup. If you thought these lines were slick before, you're in for a pleasant surprise!

We'll be posting reports about lots of cool gear that we at Super Fly Charters use on a daily basis...check back soon!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Saturday, November 22, 2008

PROMINENT MAINE GUIDE SOUNDS OFF


Check out Capt. John McMurray's blog post The ecological musings of a fly fishing guide "PROMINENT MAINE GUIDE SOUNDS OFF"

Call us if you'd like to join us for a day or two this coming season. We'll be happy help you plan your Maine vacation!!! Depending on which region of the Maine coast you're staying on...we can provide you with info on all the top fishing guides. If fly fishing isn't your thing...no worries we're well equipped for light tackle & live bait fishing too!!!

Maine Flats Fishing Striper Guide
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Maine Striper Fishing Report: "Fly Fishing Show"



It's almost "Show Time" again...Why not take a day or three to visit one of the fly fishing shows this winter. Visit with "celebrity" fly tiers as they spin out incredible flies...chat with "fishy" fly fishing guides...Take in one of the amazing fly fishing seminars offered...learn from casting instructors as they effortlessly throw "circus show" lengths of fly line...Cast dozens of the "latest and greatest" fly rods that are "guaranteed" to cast further than last years "technologically inferior" models...Drool over the prospect of catching trophy Bones at exotic tropical fishing destinations...scour the fly shop exhibitors like "madmen" for new fly tying materials & fly fishing bling that you just "NEED" to have...Guided trips, new gear, rubbing elbows with thousands of other fly fishing enthusiasts...the SLIM chance to posssibly win one of the incredible door prizes...Is it the Greatest Show on Earth?...Nah...but what a great cure for cabin fever!!!

Here are a couple of the Shows where you'll find me this winter

Marlborough, MA:
Royal Plaza Trade Center
January 16, 17, 18 2009
Show Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 9 - 5:30; Sun 9 - 4:30
Somerset, NJ:
Garden State Convention Center
January 23, 24, 25 2009
Show Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 9 - 5:30; Sun 9 - 4:30

See You There!!! Check out www.flyfishingshow.com for details

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Friday, November 21, 2008

Maine Saltwater Fishing Report


Sure...The weather up here in Maine has turned chilly as we are in the transition period between the Fall & Winter seasons, Yeah...snow will surely be flying soon...in fact i've already seen my first snow flurries of the fall season...many NE sportsman have shifted their focus from fishing to hunting...Do yourself a favor...Don't put away all your rods just yet. Pick a good day, grab your 5wt and head on down to one of the many bodies of water that allow year round open water fishing. The St.George river is a great example, yeah the Striped Bass & Bluefish have departed but the upper stretches offer some of the best fall/winter trout fishing in the state. The upper St. George is managed primarily as a Brown Trout fishery, but you'll likely encounter Brookies too. Stone fly nymphs, midge larva, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear nymph, caddis larva, Adams Regular and parachute, wooly buggers and muddler minnows, black nosed dace and grey ghost streamers will generally work all year.

Ask us about the "Sea Run" Brown Trout we have on the St. George tidewater...if you think stalking Striped Bass on the flats can be challenging...come try your hand at the "Sea Run" game...just bring plenty of patience...and warm clothes!!!
* Remember to be safe, the water is very cold this time of year...fish with a buddy!!!

To all that have fished with me during the 08' season....I'd like to say thanks again. It was a real pleasure guiding you & i'm looking forward to seeing ALL of you again in 2009.

I'd also like to thank all the Maine Guides & Charter Captains from around "Maine's Striper Coast", Fishy Guides from "Downeast" Maine, Penobscot Bay, The Kennebec river, Casco Bay and Southern Maine. MANY THANKS to those that referred clients to us or shared info with us.....some of you, I had the pleasure of working directly with...THANKS!!!...your professionalism is what makes us some of the best fishing guides in the business. Looking forward to doing it all over again next season...and maybe share a beer or two this off season!!!

Wow...Reservations are already coming in for the 2009 Maine Striper & Bluefin Tuna fishing season....It's looking like 2009 is going to be another extremely busy year for Super Fly Charters.
Call us to set up a time...gift Certificates are available for the perfect holiday gift.

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com>

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Maine Saltwater fishing report 10/18/08

Ben Lowe getting it done...This kid is as fishy as they come!!!


The Striper fishing is done for the year...at least up here on the coast of Maine. The Tuna have gone & so have the Bluefish....Codfishing remains an option. Inshore thick schools of Mackeral & harbor Pollock remain abundant so if you're in the mood for one last light tackle fix, head on down to a local wharf and have some fun. Macks are a blast on a 5 weight fly rod.

Some of the tidal rivers have little known runs of "sea run" Brown Trout. This fishery should start to pick up in the coming months....also the St. George river has an excellent Brown Trout fishery and remains open to anglers year round.

My guiding season has come to an end & I'd like thank all the anglers who fished with me this season. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you again next year.

2008 CCA Maine Annual Meeting
The Coastal Conservation of Maine will be holding its annual meeting on Monday, November 24th, 2008 from 5:00-8:00 at the Haraseeket Inn in Freeport.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served from 5:00-7:00 and there will be a cash bar.

The meeting will start at 7:00 where guest speaker, Patrick Keliher, Director, Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries & Habitat will discuss Saltwater Licenses, Pogie Netting, and Striped Bass
There will be raffles with great prizes.
Please RVSP to carolgay@gwi.net or call Carol at 207-458-8421
Come out and support CCA of Maine on November 24th!




Reservations have already started coming in for the 2009 season!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Maine fishing report 9/7/08


(right)Another Super Fly veteran with his personal best 33 incher caught...congrats Luke!!! 9/3/08 & Dr. C with a 36" beauty caught 9/5/08(left)


Maine Striper Fishing starts to heat up this month as fish gorge themselves in preparation for the fall migration. We still have good numbers of Bluefish around and they have been tearing up livebaits, artificials & flies.

Bluefin Tuna fishing in the Gulf of Maine is at it's peak this month and should provide for some epic battles...weather permitting!!!

We still have a few dates open this month. Call today for more info on availability.

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Maine Striper & Bluefish report 9/02/08

Time for wire leaders...Francisco, of Swarovski Optics Italy & Mario...visiting midcoast Maine from northern Italy had their hands full today as the battled with schoolie Bluefish on the fly!!! What a blast!!!











BLUEFISH, BLUEFISH, BLUEFISH!!!! The Blues are in!!! We've had continued success fishing for Stripers using our proven light-tackle livebait fishing techniques. Bluefin Tuna should provide saltwater anglers quite a thrill this month as they continue to terrorize the nearshore ledges...hopefully we will see a run of the 60-100 class fish that have been prevalant during the past few years.

I only have a few remaining dates left. Call today to set up a time.

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Maine Striper & Tuna fishing report 8/18/08

The Baker Family & Capt. George with a nice shallow water light tackle Bluefish!!!


Gary Eaton of IDEXX Labs with his personal Best 40+ inch Striped Bass caught & released 8/18/08






Tuna fishing has really picked up over the last week...We've been seeing good suface feeding action giving us some great chances to hook-up with light tackle...We had a fish that measured nearly 60 inches on the boat today...caught less than 3 miles offshore. This fished smashed a Heru Skipjack popper and bent the Lamiglas LGM-80 rod to the point where the cork rings were groaning!!! After what seemed like an hour long battle...we sunk two gaffs into the fish and heisted it aboard. What a fish!!!

Striper fishing has had its ups & downs....Today was one of our season highlights, at least for big fish. Some Big fish are showing up in the rivers & livebait & chunks have been doing the trick. Early mornings up on the flats can produce some beautiful sight casting chances...These fish are big and spook easily but with the right presentatation they can be fooled into taking the fly.

Cod have been consistent on the nearshore ledges & our kids trips continue to be very popular.

Fore more info on any of our trips call us today

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Maine saltwater fishing report8/09/08

Super Fly veterans Todd Mackenzie & Bill Coppola with a couple of beauties caught during the course of this past week

Wow... Striper Fishing, Tuna fishing, Cod fishing...you name it we covered it over the past week.

Striper fishing has been successful using our proven live baiting techniques...we've caught some nice fish drifting the ledges using live bait...heavy rain & a line low pressure systems has hampered the striper fishing somewhat but that's normal... mother nature at work.

Cod fishing on the ledges continues to produce...butterfly jigging slays fish...so does the old standby diamond jig with teaser combo!!!

We'll be on the ledges for most of the coming week fishing for Tuna...Stay tuned for reports....We are entering the most exciting time of year to tackle "Football" Bluefins.
Tomorrow we're gonna try our hand at catch & release Sharkin'....the Gulf of Maine has many species of Shark including the Mighty Mako shark...Blue sharks & Thresher are also fairly common. We may even try to hook one up on the fly rod.

For info or reservations on our trips give us a call at

207-691-0745
Capt. George Harris
www.superfly-charters.com

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Maine Saltwater Fishing report 8/3/08

Karen M. caught this nice slot sized Striper today(8/03/08) one of over forty fish caught this afternoon!!!
Niem Ngyuen & Ken Clendenin with a double header of codfish....Ken Clendenin with his own version of a double!!!













Offshore/Nearshore: We are now entering the hottest part of the year to catch Bluefin Tuna off midcoast region of Maine. In the next two months Bluefin will prowl the ledges to feed on the prolific baitfish schools. We are set-up to tackle these Tuna with Fly & Spin gear as well as the standard stand-up trolling gear. Now is the time to get out there!!!

Codfishing has been nothing short of epic...while we have not landed any "whale cod"
we have put big numbers of fish in the boat. Double & triple hook-ups have been the norm. As bonus to these trips we normally get close-ups of rolling whales...ocean sunfish are a fairly common sighting too...and the icing on the cake...."Football" Tuna...We always have tuna gear on board for the common Tuna Blow-ups that we witness while on the ledge!!!

Inshore: The Striper/Bluefishing fishing has begun to heat up. Fishing over ledges that have powerful tidal flows running over them has produced some nice catches...The stripers were slow in coming this year but finally we are catching some nice fish!!! Livebaiting/chunking has been working the best...especially with big fish!!!
This afternoon we fished the ebb tide and did extremely well...fishing with me were Bill, Todd, Art & Karen...we landed 44 striped bass in about 4 hours time all caught while fishing with live Blueback Herring...drifting over ledges & rocky bottom structure in 30-70 feet of water.
As has been the case this entire season...the "family/kids" fishing trips have been wildy popular.

For more info or to inquire about reservations please call us today!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Monday, July 28, 2008

Maine Saltwater Fishing report 7/28/08

Guy Jasmin of Bowdoin Billiards & his son with a nice double hookup caught 7/27/08

This week we have caught some nice stripers using livebaiting techniques...drifting baits deep over ledges has been productive...

the Codfishing has been good offshore with numerous keeper fish being caught.

Our Kids fishing trips have been outstanding...The kids have been going out of their minds over this trip...many youngsters have convinced their parents to book the next trip with me before we return to the dock.

We have also teamed up with other top midcoast guide service's to offer "learn to flyfish on saltwater" trips....these trips offer a well instructed mini course on the grass before we take the lesson to the water...where you can actually catch fish on your first time out!!!

For more info or to make reservations call today!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Maine fishing report 7/23/08

Nicholas Naylor-Leyland with an Ocean Pout that slammed a pink Smith Nagamasa jig in 90 feet of water. Wiliamson "Benthos" & "Abyss" deep Jigs have been slaying fish too

(left)Young Forrest Langhorne struggles to heft his Striper, Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of guiding three Generations of the Langhorne clan.

(right)Nicholas Naylor-Leyland with one of many Keeper codfish caught over the past week using deadly "Butterfly" jigging techniques












This past week we have run the entire gamut of Maine saltwater sportfishing charters. From inshore Stripers to chasing big pelagic fish & groundfish offshore...We've done it all!!!

Starting with the Striper bite...we have had excellent results drifting with live bait, Mackeral/Herring, landing numerous fish over 30 inches. I have found that by targeting fish over deep water ledges, we can catch fish all day long, not huge numbers but steady fishing on bigger fish!!!...low light conditions have not been as important as they would be when fishing skinny water...tidal flow is everything. Fly fishing has produced some nice fish...remember to have lots of patience when targeting these fish in "thin water" you wont get lots of chances to fool that big striper into eating your fly....make every cast count!!!

The "nearshore" Bluefin Tuna fishing has slowed over the past few days....we have seen the water temperature drop several degrees from temps in the 64-66 degree range to 58-60 degree range. Several giants have been landed locally....With the massive amounts of baitfish that have been holding off the ledges...I expect the influx of "Football" Bluefin tuna to arrive any day now.

Groundfishing for Cod has been excellent...we have done numerous trips over the past week...all of them very succesful. Butterfly jigging technique have accounted for almost all of our fish. I recently guided Doug S. & his good friend Mike, Capt. of the Bermuda based "Mojo", a 35'Cabo tournament billfish boat. Capt. Mike was consistently raising codfish 20+ feet off the bottom before they slammed the jig using the high speed "Butterfly" jigging technique

The family/kids trip remains very popular. This trip is a great way for a family to spend quality time on the water and is perfect for introducing youngster's to the saltwater sportfishing world.

Please contact us for more info regarding any of our trips.!!!

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com

Friday, July 18, 2008

Maine Striper, Tuna, Cod fishing report 7/18/08

Tory Lentine with his first Codfish caught while "butterfly" jigging(*note the well worn Smith Nagamasa jig hanging from the lip of his cod...this lure has been a slayer)

Oliver Lowe with his personal best Striper



The Striper fishing has been pretty good for this past week...fishing with live Mackeral/Herring has produced good numbers of keeper sized fish. Fly fishing has been a little bit tougher but early morning starts and also evenings have produced.

On the Tuna front...Large Tuna continue to terrorize the nearshore ledges with several fish over 400 pounds being landed locally...we have seen fish that have been in the 150-200 pound class. Early morning's have the tuna blitzed up on massive baitballs.

*CCA Speaks out on the plight of Bluefin Tuna

HOUSTON, TX- The Coastal Conservation Association Board of Directors is calling for Atlantic harvest levels of bluefin tuna to be reduced to levels supported by science and is urging the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to require all member nations to adopt such quotas by emergency action. If ICCAT refuses to do so, CCA believes that the only alternative is a complete closure of the Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery and an international curtailment of trade. The call to action was outlined in a letter from CCA National Chairman Walter W. Fondren III to Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. "Many marine scientists believe bluefin are on the verge of a stock collapse, and there are indications here in the US that the stock has already crashed," said Robert G. Hayes, CCA general counsel. "Sometimes all you are left with is the truth, and the painful truth now is that nothing less than emergency action can reverse the years of overfishing that resulted from exceeding quotas that in themselves were set too high." Tuna range throughout the Atlantic from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico. As one of the most valuable fish in the sea, bluefin tuna are targeted throughout their range by the fishing fleets of many nations while fishery managers on either side of the Atlantic have been unable or unwilling to agree on an effective recovery plan. Catches from the eastern stock of bluefin, spawned in the Mediterranean, have exceeded scientific advice by almost 400 percent for at least the last five years. Rebuilding plans for the western stock, spawned in the Gulf of Mexico, have also been a complete failure, with the U.S. unable to catch its quota for the past three years. "The focus has been on the business side of this fishery for far too long and greed has been the driving force in its management," said Charles Witek, vice chairman of CCA's National Government Relations Committee. "CCA has long known that focusing on anything other than the health of the resource is the first step to ensuring its demise. Bluefin are another tragic example of what happens when you put business and fishermen first." The moratorium would have to be adopted by the member nations of ICCAT, a United Nations chartered fishery organization responsible for the conservation of such recreationally and commercially important species as tuna, swordfish and marlin in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. The organization was established by treaty in 1969 and is the only organization that can undertake the range of work required for the study and management of tunas and other key migratory species in the Atlantic. "As is so often the case, the American fisherman is not responsible for driving bluefin tuna to the brink of collapse, but they are going to have to be a part of the solution to salvage what is left," said Dr. Russell Nelson, CCA's Gulf fisheries consultant.

Cod fishing on the nearshore ledges has been truly outstanding...we've done several trips this week...double & triple hook-ups are commonplace, we've landed several fish over 30 inches...All caught while using butterfly jigging techniques. Pollack, wolfish, and other groundfish have all come over the rail during these trips.

This morning we were fortunate enough to witness a massive 400-500# ocean sunfish (mola mola)basking itself on the surface as whales rolled all around us.

Our kids trip remains very popular...

Ask for details & availability on all of our trips.

Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
www.superfly-charters.com